How to utilize visualisers across the classroom
The days of the overhead projector are over and visualisers have taken over with an extreme update in possibilities. If you thought visualisers were only useful in high end science, think again as the fact this equipment can convert non digital objects into digital can enhance every lesson, at every age. Manipulation, saving and sharing is made easy and despite using the latest technology, your traditional methods can work alongside.
Here are some general ways in which visualisers can aid teaching and learning, as well as age and subject specific ideas:
- A procedure can be recorded and then shown to other classes or groups, saving you time and potentially money. It also means that classes will be accessing the same information.
- The camera on the product can be turned around so that something can be shown without the children having to move, outside for example.
- Simply show pictures or certificates in assemblies or to large groups.
- Use it as a webcam to record drama or speeches, then share with ease.
- Show text that can’t be photocopied for copyright reasons.
Sciences probably seem like the most obvious application for a visualiser in education due to it working in a similar manner to a microscope but have you thought about using it in younger classes?
KS 1 and 2:
- Compare a variety of seeds and discuss the differences
- Display a vegetable, photograph it, and repeat each day for a week to record the process of decay
- Safely show living things such as fish in a tank or insects and pond creatures
- Display tiny items in magnified detail and annotate different parts
- Demonstrate how a magnet works. Ask children to bring up items to see if they are magnetic or not
KS 3 and 4:
- Record a live science experiment and freeze frame at crucial stages to discuss what is happening
- Show the detail of a dissection and then record the procedure for revision purposes or for other classes to use
- Use a split screen function to always keep lab safety rules up while using for other purposes
- Video experiments showing colour changes in chemistry e.g. iodine clock / thiosulphate experiments
- Examine the elements of a circuit
Literacy can often cause high photocopying fees but a visualiser can help reduce this.
KS 1 and 2:
- Show the class how to use a dictionary or thesaurus. Then ask the children to come up and look up words, to check they have understood.
- Use for guided reading and writing work. You can clearly demonstrate procedures such as letter formation for the whole class to see.
- Build up word lists for spelling and comprehension and use a ‘conceal and reveal’ technique.
- Show any sort of text, image or drawing. Any small book becomes large and visible. The whole class can see any printed item without the need for photocopying.
- Whilst reading aloud, place items that are in the story on the visualiser to help younger children to understand more fully and engage different learning styles.
KS 3 and 4:
- Compare different writing styles. For example, show a piece of poetry side by side with a piece of narrative and show how they differ.
- Show any sort of text, image or drawing without the need for photocopying. Saves time and money and allows you to share copyright protected material.
- Highlight passages in books for class discussion. Some visualisers have interactive pens, or combine with an interactive whiteboard to draw attention to specific passages or phrases.
We all know maths can be the hardest subject for many and concerntration levels need to be kept high and visualisers create innovative ways to keep students involved.
KS 1 and 2:
- Compare 2D and 3D objects and highlight how they differ. Many visualisers have split screens that allow you to compare and contrast all manner of objects.
- Explain how to construct charts and graphs. You can show exactly how to do this and which tools to use.
- Ask students to try to assemble a puzzle whilst the class watches.
- Practice sorting of shapes, numbers etc. Place a variety of 2D and 3D items on the visualiser and ask the children up to separate them out.
- Learn about symmetry. With a mirror image function you can explain about reflection, symmetry and angles.
- Ask pupils to demonstrate methods of calculation. Visualisers are a great way to get students really involved in the lesson.
- Model exam questions – write the answers down and work through with the whole class, or use a ‘conceal and reveal’ function.
- Show the principles of trigonometry by demonstrating examples and working through formulae.
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